Students Plant Aquatic Plants at Burgess Park

photo credits UTRCA FB page

Students from College Ave are helping to restore a new wetland located inside Burgess Park.

WOODSTOCK - The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is working with the City of Woodstock restore a wetland at Burgess Park. 

Community Partnerships Specialist Brad Hertner says they had a number of students helping them last week. 

"Last year the wetlands were constructed at Burgess Park, this Spring we have had students out planting trees and shrubs around the wetlands and then last week we had students from College Ave Secondary School planting aquatic plants right in the wetlands themselves." 

Hertner says part of master plan includes planting thousands of trees, restoring a wetland with aquatic plants, and developing a trail network.

"The 5 year restoration plan, in partnership with the City of Woodstock at Burgess Park. The property is co-owned by the City and the UTRCA and there is some old retired agriculture fields on that property and we have been naturalizing them over the past 5 years. It has mainly been done with tree's and shrubs and some prairie plants but one part of the agriculture fields was constantly wet, so we decided to convert it into a small wetlands." 

The aquatic plants are plants right in the water and they add some habitat, food and homes for animals. 

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